In the private therapy setting, you can advocate for your own needs best. Read on for support from our therapists on how to advocate for yourself!
Key for short and long-term therapy, goal setting should ideally be initiated in the first session. You and your therapist can work to create a roadmap to your therapy destination. You can use that roadmap to stay on track, focused on your goals. Or, you may discover that your goals have changed, and set new goals.
Tell your therapist if you're uncomfortable discussing a particular topic. For example:
"I'm here for help with anxiety, not my relationship with my parents. Let's stay focused on the anxiety, because that's what's impacting my life most right now."
Tell your therapist if it's hard for you to set boundaries. You can try saying, "I'm not comfortable with what we talked about last time, and it's hard for me to talk about it with you," or "I can't figure out how to talk about setting boundaries with anyone, and I think it's affecting therapy." Don't be surprised if your therapist takes the hint and works to help you through this.
While therapists may use a set of therapeutic modalities or interventions, these tools can be easily modified to meet the needs of each client. If you're not comfortable with how therapy is going, or would like some adjustment to between-session work tasks, let your therapist know.
Your therapist relies on your feedback to provide support that is tailored to you. Speak up if you can, and if it's difficult, let your therapist know of the challenges in expressing yourself.
Do you want to talk to someone who wants to help you accomplish your personal goals? Reach out today to schedule your free consultation.